What is it?
The Audi A5 2.0 TSI, which features a 2.0-litre blown motor featuring Audi’s more sophisticated ‘Valvelift’ induction technology.
The engine is available in two states of tune – 178bhp and 208bhp – and with either front- or Quattro four-wheel drive; it’s the more powerful Quattro we’re testing here.
What’s it like?
We thought the 1.8-litre turbo version of this car was good; the 2.0-litre’s even better, and makes the A5 fast, refined and economical too.
Its 208bhp may not sound like a lot, but it’s torque that provides this car’s zealous performance. There’s 258lb ft of the stuff available from 1500- to 4200rpm, and in addition to making this car capable of scrambling to 62mph in 6.5sec and hitting 153mph flat out it gives prodigious mid-range urge.
Quite why you’d ever buy a 3.2-litre petrol V6 in the light of that, which is thirstier, slower, higher on CO2, and only has 243lb ft of twist, seems mysterious to put it mildly.
Point it down your nearest interesting road and you’ll find this car feels planted and precise to drive. The Quattro permanent four-wheel drive gives it an aura of invincible sure-footedness, and though it’s clearly not quite as agile as a 3-series coupe, the A5 generates real satisfaction for the driver in its own way.